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Unique 300 year old - restored Villa w/Guesthouse - Studio House

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Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Minimum Stay
5 nights


Episkopi Gonias Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps up to 12 persons

This magnificent 250m2 villa, estimated to be 300-400 years old,consists of 2 (two) separate units, both of which have been architecturally restored and reinterpreted from the original ruins.The Main House retains the unique architectural style of Santorini while introducing more modern features such as a domed skylight in the living area, sunken bathtub in the master bath and the convenience of a modern, fully-equipped kitchen It can provide sophisticated yet comfortable accommodation for up to 8 (eight) persons. The adjacent Guest House is a charming, (35m2) 3-room unit, featuring a most unusual, enchanting, red-stone, domed bedroom. Both units can be rented either separately or together and share a spacious patio area with expansive views of both the Aegean Sea and the village.. The property is ideal for large groups who appreciate both space and relative privacy.

The European Union has designated the village a ‘traditional settlement’ in an effort to preserve its distinct character. You will marvel at the examples of 'cave' dwellings with their unique design and although not so common these days, if you're lucky, you'll get a glimpse of a villager on his donkey or the locals methodically ringing the church bells in the centre of the village.

An Island Retreat: A holiday here affords the visitor a unique opportunity to experience the magic and tranquility of traditional Greek island village life, broken only by the sound of occasional church bells or the bray of a donkey, as it was 50 years ago, prior to the earthquake of 1956. Its serene setting provides both privacy and a retreat from the hustle and bustle of a resort or hotel while being situated a mere 15 minutes by car from the capital of Fira or only 5 minutes from the beautiful, black, sandy beach of Camari, both with a myriad of restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs to cater for any taste. Whether you're a party animal or just want to get away from it all, this property is ideal for large groups or small -both outdoor and indoor entertaining. Savour Greek Island Life: During your stay, watch the sunrise from the expansive terrace, the moon rise out of the sea in Camari or take a short ride up to the neighboring village of Pyrgos and Santo Winery to see a magnificent sunset, away from the crowds. Alternatively, take a stroll through the village, with its air of mystery, and stop at Canava Argyros or Roussos to sample a glass of locally produced wine from sun-drenched grapes grown in Santorini's volcanic soil. Take a litre of 'Brusco', or 'Vinsanto' directly from the barrel home with you to enjoy before or during dinner. Then again , after a long day at the beach, you may prefer either to enjoy the quiet of a simple, home cooked dinner on the terrace, take in a movie down the road at one of the most beautiful, charming open-air cinemas in the Mediterranean or venture out to experience the some of the exciting night-life the island has to offer. Whatever you choose, your stay here will bring memories to last for a lifetime.

Services available upon request:

Below is a list of services provided for a fee upon request which can make your stay particluarly special.:

-Arriving late? Coming from a long distance? Let us know what you'll need and your kitchen will be stocked with the basic necessitiies for your first day. You will be sent a shopping list - just tick your choices. You pay the bill +10% fee. Maximum €100

-Really want to treat yourselves? Your first meal will be prepared and served to you on the beautiful candlelit terrace

- Tired from a long day at the beach and want to do some home entertaining? Catering can be arranged so you don't have to lift a finger.


Other services

Arrangements can be made for: private boat tours, wine tours, yoga lessons, massage, Greek cooking lessons, Basic Greek language lessons.

You may want to take advantage of the non-peak season for your trip....

The property is ideal for specialty groups- any group with a special interest such as hiking, yoga, meditation, cooking etc. You get the group together, decide what you would like to do when you're here and we can help you plan a programme designed just for you, with any combination of activities.. -

More Details

Details for Studio House 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

This charming 3-room cottage orignally housed the bakery oven of the village,which is now coverted into a domed, red-stone double bedrom with adjoining bathroom and shower with a view to the village.

* Living area has comfortable built-in beds that can double as additional sleeping accommodation for two.

* Kitchenette with informal seating area - opens onto common terrace and and sea view.

  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Lianne Given
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, greek
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Calendar last updated:
August 5, 2016
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1 traveler review

Studio House
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Beautiful house!

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 8 persons looking for a home near Kamari and booked this one.

It was delighftul, beautiful, clean with a terrific sea scenery. I really suggest to book the house, Lianne and his husband were very helpfully with the transfer from/to the airport and car renting!

If I will come back to Santorini, I will probably return here, definitely.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2 Kilometres
Santorini Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Car: recommended

A Unique experience: Santorini, the most mythical and striking of all the Greek islands, is one of the top 10 destinations in the world. It's not surprising that so many travellers are drawn to its dramatic beauty... many even choose to exchange lifetime vows in this most dramatic and romantic of settings

Unlike most rental properties in Santorini, this magnificent 250m2 villa is located in the most unspoilt village on the island- ‘Mesa Gonia.' 'Episkopis Gonia,' as it is also called, dates to the 17th century and is the site of the oldest Byzantine Church on the island, built in the 12th century. The EU has designated the village a ‘traditional settlement’ to preserve its distinct character. While within easy reach of Fira (the capital) and only 5 minutes by car from Camari, (with its beautiful black sandy beach), its serene setting provides both the privacy and tranquility while giving a taste of traditional Greek island village life as it was 50 years ago.

Here you can see the famous 'cave houses' as they were just after the earthquake of 1956 or easily explore the wine roads of the surrounding hills. Local wineries provide delightful wine tasting. and the village now even boasts Santorini's own new micro-brewery, with its Yellow Donkey beer- a 'must try'. See how they brew up their original Red Donkey or Crazy Donkey beer - then take some home with you..There is also a charming open air cinema within walking distance , with live music performances in the peak months..


Rates & Availability

Episkopi Gonias Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 16 2016 - Nov 26 2016
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $109

rates are for 3 persons . Additional charge 10 euros per day for 4th person

* discount if rented along with Main House or for stays longer than 14 days
* Studio House cleaning 35 euros per week.

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Episkopi Gonias Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 30 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Access to the bathroom is through the bedroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • The other sleeping accommodation is in the form of single, built-in sofa/beds in the living area
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Stereo
  • Terrace
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Can be rented by itself or together with the Main House for larger groups.

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